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1987 ChLA Paper and Program Call

The theme of the 1987 Children's Literature Association Conference, May 14-17, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, is "Cross-Culturalism in Children's Literature." The deadline for submitting papers and proposals for workshops or panel discussions is January 10, 1987. Submissions postmarked later than January 10, 1987, will not be considered.

Persons giving papers, workshops or panel discussions should be ChLA members. They are required to arrange their own expenses and to make their presentations in person.

Members wishing to present workshops or panel discussions should send a short but detailed proposal—listing all participants, topic, purpose and intended audience—to Barbara Garner, Department of English, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6.

Papers should be sent to Ben Jones, Department of English, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6. Papers should be approximately 8-10 pages doublespaced or 20 minutes reading time. Send three copies, accurately typed, accompanied by a half-page abstract and a SASE. Place author's name on title page only; papers will be coded and sent without authors' names to readers for evaluation. Papers submitted should not have been read elsewhere; they will be published in the Annual Proceedings of the Conference. All papers dealing with children's literature from a critical perspective will receive careful consideration.

Note: Please use the new MLA format for citations.

Paper Call

Children's Literature Symposium, Department of English, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. 29631

Papers of twenty to twenty-five minutes for an audience of elementary through junior high school teachers, librarians, principals, and adults interested in children's literature on an immigrant writer and/or artist who has contributed or is contributing significantly to children's literature or book illustration of the United States to be presented at the sixteenth annual Children's Literature Symposium, Clemson University, tentatively set for Saturday, October 25, 1986, to commemorate the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, October 28, 1986.

Papers should be submitted in triplicate, typed with double spacing, using the current MLA style, with the writer's name on the title page only.

Deadline for submission is July 1, 1986. Please submit to

Malcolm Usrey

Department of English

Clemson University

Clemson, S.C. 29631.

Jean Fritz Named 1986 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medalist

Jean Fritz, novelist and historian for children, has been voted winner of the 1986 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented every three years by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

The announcement was made to the ALSC Board of Directors by Ethel L. Heins, chair of the award committee, Monday, January 20, during ALA's 1986 Midwinter Meeting.

First presented in 1954, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award is given every three years to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

"Jean Fritz has made an enormous contribution to the appreciation of history in a country that is often accused of lacking a sense of the past," remarked Heins, adjunct professor at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, Boston.

"With honesty, humor, accuracy and style, she has vitalized history, especially for younger readers, in such books as And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (1973) and The Double Life of Pocahontas (1983)," said Heins. "In her novels and in Homesick: My Own Story (a 1983 Newbery Honor Book) she also projects a passionate sense of true patriotism."

Announcing The Third Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii's Children

Imagination: A Bridge to Magic Realms in the Humanities, to be held at three locations:

  • • Honolulu—University of Hawaii & McCoy Pavillion, June 19-21, 1986

  • • Laie—Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus, June 23, 1986

  • • Kamuela—Hawaii Preparatory Academy, June 24-25, 1986


Jean Fritz, writer of numerous children's books, such as Homesick: My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Award winner, and historic biographies like Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? and What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

Michael Hague, illustrator well-loved children's books—Alphabears, The Reluctant Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, The Velveteen Rabbit, and more...


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